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leathersich.jpg Marjorie (Marge) Welkom, Morgan, Leathersich, age 87 passed away on February 25, 2021 surrounded by her adoring family. She was taken swiftly by an aggressive cancer.

Marge was the youngest of six siblings. She graduated with Honors in 1951 from the Ralpho Township High School in Elysburg, PA. She was voted by her senior classmates as most athletic. In 1952, Marge moved to Churchville, NY at the urging of her sister Anna. In 1953, she met JB Morgan, marrying the same year after a whirlwind courtship. They raised three energetic children, beginning their life in Caledonia, NY, and then moving to Leicester, NY, in 1963. JB passed away suddenly in April 1986 leaving Marge a widow for seventeen years. After a chance meeting, a brief time dating, she married Jim Leathersich in November 2003. They shared their elder years together, especially enjoying the winter months in Arizona.

Marge worked full-time until the age of 80 in agricultural endeavors. She was an exceptional farmer operating all kinds of large machinery, usually with a dog on her lap and a cup of coffee in her hand. She had a natural green thumb and could make anything grow.

Marge was extremely versatile! Her resume of skills included: accurate weather prediction, canning, cooking, baking, sewing, knitting and crocheting, exterior and interior painting, wallpapering, climbing ladders, building maintenance, furniture refinishing, scrubbing and cleaning, flower gardening, shoveling everything and anything, plowing, planting, harvesting, and pouring concrete. She was a master at crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Marge was predeceased by her beloved first husband Joseph Broughton (JB) Morgan, Leicester; her hard-working parents Michael and Anna Welkom; four remarkable brothers: John, Michael, Albert & Leonard Welkom, Catawissa, PA; her treasured only sister Anna Welkom Bridges, Winter Park, FL. In addition, she is survived by: her devoted husband James (Jim) Leathersich, Caledonia; her cherished children with JB: Linda (Roger) Hamilton, Leicester; Peggy (Peter) Capotosto, Fairport; and Michael (Marianne) Morgan, Leicester; her precious grandchildren: Leslie (Danny) Hamilton Stein, Jane (Tim) Cimino, Annie (Pat) Capella, Emma (Brenden) Mance, Joe (Sarah) Morgan, Jennifer (Bill) Flint, Matthew (Jody) Morgan and 16 darling great-grandchildren. Marge also leaves behind many close nieces, nephews and cousins in PA; faithful friends, John and Barbara Hauslauer, Audrey Welkom, along with others too numerous to name; and a long list of dear dogs and assorted animals.

Calling hours for family and friends will take place on Friday, March 12, 2021, between 2-7pm at the Eaton Watson Funeral Home, Perry, NY. Strict COVID regulations will be in place! A funeral for Marge will follow on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 1:00pm at Triple H Farms, 4524 Genesee Street, Route 63, Geneseo, NY. The funeral will be held outside regardless of weather. Park in the Methodist Church lot.

Our family wishes to extend special thanks to: Anna (Hauslauer) Macauley, Bobby Aberth, Dean and Lisa Estes, and the Teresa House staff and volunteers. You can pay tribute to Marge by having patience when you meet farmers moving agricultural equipment on the roads.

Donations in her memory can be made to: Teresa House, 21 Highland Road, Geneseo, NY 14454 or Susie Q Dog Resq, c/o Sue Mahoney, PO Box 236, Conesus, NY 14435.   For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, N.Y. 14530.

Churchville/Bergen - Gloria  S. Stein, age 82, longtime member of St. Brigid's Church in Bergen, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mrs. Stein was born May 24, 1938 in Batavia,  a daughter of the late Robert Stone and Ruth Bresslin Stone. 

Gloria is the wife of Edward Stein who passed away on July 2, 2000.

She is survived by her sons, Mark Stein of Randolph, Matthew (Christine Billings) Stein of Churchville and  Lawrence (Peggy) Stein of South Byron; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her half-sister, Patti Baker of Bergen and nieces and nephews. 

She is predeceased by two half-sisters; Loretta and Betsy. 

There are no prior visiting hours. Due to the ongoing pandemic, Gloria's Mass of Christian Burial will be held privately for her family. She will be laid to rest in St. Brigid's Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Bergen Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 428, Bergen, New York 14416 or March of Dimes, Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 18819, Atlanta, Georgia 31126.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Avenue, Bergen.

caroleachatt.jpgCarole Ann Chatt, 78 of Batavia and Sarasota, Florida, passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital.  She was born on October 23, 1942 in Batavia, New York to the late Joseph and Jennie (Rizzo) Megliore.  She is preceded in death by her sister, JoAnn Dombrowski who died in 1991.  

Carole was a longtime waitress at Batavia Downs and St. Nicholas Club in Batavia.  She was also employed most recently as a waitress at the Sarasota Kennel Club in Sarasota Florida.  She was a past President of the St. Jerome Guild.  Carole enjoyed sitting by the pool or on the beach, was an avid reader of Danielle Steele and other romance novels, loved to shop and would seek out anything in her favorite color purple.  She had a bigger than life personality and was known as Nana to those that adored her most.  She was loved by all who knew her and will be truly missed by her family and many, many cherished friends.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years, Ned F. Chatt, a son, Ned F. (Julie) Chatt, Jr., daughter Jill Ann (Timothy) Warner, both from Rochester, NY, grandchildren Kaitlyn (Sean) Chatt McFarlane of Winston Salem, NC, Cameron Chatt, Victoria Warner and Leyna Warner.  She was also the great-grandmother to Marlene (Marley) McFarlane.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law Rebecca (Stephen) Chatt Swanson, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  

There will be no prior calling hours, a Celebration of her Life will held at a later date. She will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery, Corfu.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Notre Dame High School Foundation, 73 Union Street, Batavia, NY 14020. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Lulu (Lou) J. Kirkpatrick Tillotson of Batavia, and formerly from Pavilion and Oakfield passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at the age of 97.  She was born on July 19, 1923, the daughter of John and Lillian (Root) Pask.  Lou was a homemaker and graduated from Oakfield Alabama High School, enjoyed traveling in her younger years, liked to play dominoes, was known for knitting her coveted dish cloths, and especially enjoyed visiting with her many family members and friends. Although Lou endured many physical difficulties in her recent years, she often reflected that she was very lucky to have had such a long and wonderful life on Earth.

Lou married William (Bill) Kirkpatrick Jr. of Elba on November 14, 1942 and they resided together in Oakfield after he completed military service in 1946. They were married for over 26 years.  They had two sons Larry (Cathy) Kirkpatrick and Paul (Eileen) Kirkpatrick.  Larry passed away in Florida in June, 2013, where his wife Cathy still resides, along with Lou’s grandchildren Bret (Cyndi) Kirkpatrick and Christie (Terry) Major, and Lou’s four great grandchildren, Brooke and Taylor Major and Cathy and Emily Kirkpatrick.  Paul and Eileen continue to reside in Oakfield.

After Bill Kirkpatrick passed away in February 1969, Lou was blessed to meet her second husband Harold (Bud) Tillotson Jr. of Pavilion. They married in July of 1971, bringing Bud’s children, Sue (Bill) Semmel of York, Paul (Dana) Tillotson of Pavilion, David (Noreen) Tillotson of Pavilion, and Douglas (Tina) Tillotson of Silver Springs into Lou’s life. Bud and Lou enjoyed 32 years of marriage before his death in June 2003.  Lou and Bud are also survived by another 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

As Lou requested, services will be held privately for family members at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Maple Avenue in Oakfield, on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 3 pm. Due to the current Covid situation, there will be no prior calling hours.  Flowers are gratefully declined.  Lou will be buried in the Cary Cemetery in Oakfield.  Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice, or to the Bereavement Ministry of St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY 14125. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her name please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.   

Batavia - Cathleen M. Kosiorek, 80 of Batavia and formerly of Stafford, passed away on Thursday, (February 25, 2021) at her home under the care of HomeCare & Hospice and her loving family.

Mrs. Kosiorek was born May 19, 1940 in Staten Island, a daughter of the late James and Marguerite (Naples) Hackett.

Cathleen was a graduate of Notre Dame High School. She was a member of Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church in Batavia, the Investment Club, Garden Club in Stafford and Florida, and the St. Joe's Drum Corps. She loved lunches with the Stafford Girls and was a past member of the Stafford Ladies' Auxiliary. She was a former girl scout leader and softball coach.

A people person, Cathleen enjoyed wintering in Lauderdale by the Sea for 27 years, gardening, reading, and working puzzles. Most of all, she loved time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   

Cathleen is the wife of Ronald F. Kosiorek of Batavia. The two were married on April 15, 1961.

Surviving along with her husband are her children, Sharon (Kazem) Ashrafioun of Pittsford, and Eric (Brenda) Kosiorek of Batavia; grandsons, Dr. Lisham (Dr. Christina) Ashrafioun, Aron Ashrafioun, Joshua (Courtney) Kosiorek, Caleb (Ashley) Kosiorek, Daniel Kosiorek, Michael Kosiorek, and Jacob Kosiorek; great-grandchildren, Mariana and Benham Ashrafioun, Barret, Susie, and Scotlynn Kosiorek; a brother, John (Kay) Hackett of Nevada; sisters, Mary (late Ward) Barrows of Cali., and Margaret (William) Houtchens of Virginia; sister-in-law, Lorraine Kuczynski of Batavia. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She is preceded in death by a son, Keith Kosiorek; great-grandson, Elias Kosiorek, and a brother, James E. Hackett.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street in Batavia.  Cathleen 's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, (March 4, 2021) from St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street in Batavia. Burial will be in Western New York National Cemetery in Corfu at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street, Batavia, New York 14021 or online at www.crossroadshouse.com.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, both the funeral home and church will be restricted to 50% capacity. Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

penkszyk_jacinta_-_photo1.jpgJacinta M. Penkszyk, 41 of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday (February 23, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center.

She was born November 13, 1979 in Batavia, a daughter of Irene Gravanda of Batavia and the late Francis J. Penkszyk Jr.

It’s exceedingly rare in this life to meet someone as kind, caring and wonderful as Jacinta. Jacinta was a SUNY Brockport alumnus and graduated with a degree in history and later a Master’s in Library Science at UB. She had a smile that could light up a room, an amazing sense of humor and a zest for life. She loved to laugh and be silly and although she struggled with many adversities, she always remained warm, loving and kind. She loved funny movies like Police Academy, Naked Gun and Austin Powers, history, animals, Star Wars, superheroes and Annie Lennox. She liked to take walks and spend time with her family and friends. She was an amazing friend, daughter, sister and aunt to several beautiful nieces and nephews.

Surviving besides her mother are two brothers, Francis Penkszyk III and Aaron Penkszyk, both of Batavia. Grandmother, Geraldine Penkszyk of Batavia. Nieces and nephews, Alannah, Arianna, Francis IV, Aiden and Trinity Penkszyk. Also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends and family are invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday (March 3rd) from 11am-12pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, where a celebration of her life will follow visitation at 12pm.

The funeral home will be limited to 50% capacity and face coverings will be required.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donors preference. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Sheila M. Quincey, 78, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Cottage Grove Memory Care in Rochester, NY surrounded by her family.

Sheila was born on February 4, 1943 in Batavia, NY.  She was the daughter of the late Francis T. “Frenchie” and Bernice (Peters) Chatt and step-daughter to the late Marie P. (Eischen) Chatt. Sheila is predeceased by her husband of 40 years, John M. Quincey in October 2020.

She is survived by her brother Ned F. (Carole) Chatt Sr. and sister Rebecca Chatt (Stephen) Swanson, both of Batavia. In addition, surviving children are; Christopher (Valerie) Liles of Byron, Jeremy (Sandy) Liles of Batavia and Ashley (Jason) Mlyniec of Rochester; step-daughters Lana (Gary) Cotsonas of Homosassa, FL and Kimberly Quincey of Dade City, FL; grandchildren, Kevin (Agnies) Liles, Samantha (Jeff) Staub, Harley Dorman, Talon Gauthier, Jesse Young, Trinity Liles, Tahlia Liles, Nathaniel Mlyniec, Alana Mlyniec and Kyle Mlyniec; great-grandchildren, Madison Liles, Haydin Gauthier, Jayce Gauthier, Camdin Gauthier and Ayla Davila along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

For many years, Sheila volunteered at the United Memorial Medical Center cafe earning a recognition for volunteering over 1000 hours. Sheila loved to bake, garden, cross stitch and crochet. She has knitted numerous quantities of blankets for family and friends, all custom and unique. Sheila was an avid gardener and enjoyed golfing and playing tennis with her husband. She was a wonderful homemaker dedicated to her family and grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Cottage Grove Memory Care for their friendship and devotion to Sheila.

A private service will be held for immediate family members. A celebration of life for Sheila and John will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements for Sheila were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

barniak.jpg Julia Barniak, 82, of Pavilion, passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 23, 2021. She was born on February 16, 1939 in Batavia to the late Joseph and Mary (Zalenski) Barniak.

Julia was a long time Secretary / Bookkeeper at Western New York Concrete in Batavia. She will be remembered as a very hard worker and was loved dearly by her family.

She is survived by her siblings; Lillian (Leon) Halat of Oakfield and Joseph (Suzanne) Barniak of Pavilion, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, February 28th, 2021 from 1:00-4:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Mary Immaculate Parish in East Bethany and Julia will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia. The funeral home will be operating at 50% of its capacity during visitation due to COViD 19 restrictions. Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mary Immaculate Parish 5865 Ellicott St. Rd. E. Bethany, NY 14054. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

knipe_robert_-_photo1.jpgBob Knipe died peacefully at home in Batavia, NY on Saturday, February 20th. In the weeks before his passing, Bob received messages of love and support from hundreds of colleagues and friends, and he expressed gratitude at being surrounded by the love of family members, friends and community.

Bob was a person with uncommon intelligence, humor, zest for life, spirit of adventure and commitment to service. He found love with Linda (Zimmerman-Feig) Knipe of Medina and they married on the shores of Lake Ontario in 2007, where in recent years he enjoyed spending summers at their lake cottage. He was also a dear father, grandfather, uncle and friend, and he took great joy in watching his and Linda’s combined family grow and flourish, especially their grandchildren, who will miss their bright, generous and funny “GrandBob” very much.

Robert George Knipe was born to Winifred (Morgan) Knipe and Roger Knipe in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada in June 1947. He lived in Ontario until the age of six, when the family moved to Elba and then Oakfield, NY. In 1957, the family moved to the Pacific Northwest and Bob graduated from Everett High School in 1965, Everett Community College in 1967 and Western Washington University (WWU) in 1969 with degrees in English literature and education. His knowledge of literature, politics, art, and music gained during this time made him practically unbeatable at trivia games for many years.

It was in Washington State in the 60’s when Bob’s love of outdoor adventure began. He learned sailing at the Everett Yacht Club and climbed a number of Cascade volcanoes as a young man. Later, when living along the Rogue River in Grants Pass, Oregon, whitewater rafting became a serious hobby and family activity. Bob was always up for co-leading a Boy Scout outing for his boys’ troop; trips included climbs, overnight canoe camping, winter camping and backpacking treks.

Bob taught English for four years at Sequim High School on the Olympic Peninsula, where he met and married fellow English teacher Judy Johnson.

Bob pursued his Master’s Degree at Indiana University, and got his first higher education job as head of Media Services for Lewis & Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho in 1975, which set him on his path in community college administration for the next four decades. Bob spent nine years in Media Services at Rogue Community College, and 23 years at Genesee Community College, where he retired as Dean of Learning Technologies in 2013. Among other things, he was an expert in online learning and instructional design. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 from the National Instructional Technology Council for his innovative work in distance and online education. He was proud to have spent his career in community colleges, which he saw as a making a critical contribution to educational and economic opportunity and local community and economic development.

Bob had an irreverent sense of humor. He was a connoisseur of good-natured pranks, cringe-worthy puns, and oxymorons; cracking a joke in any setting was part of what made life fun.

Bob was a musician who played several instruments and encouraged musical pursuits in others. Music brought meaning to his life. He said, “Without music, life is kind of a cruel joke. I believe that there is music to the atmosphere, the sciences, the flow of electricity, the beat of a heart. Music is fundamental to everything.” The French horn was his favorite instrument, which he played for nearly 30 years with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and Batavia Concert Band. He felt that with its large degree of expressiveness and range of possible sounds, the horn’s natural range fit his voice.

Throughout his life, Bob was a very active community volunteer. Indeed, he saw helping others as a way of life. It was an essential part of his character and upbringing: “I can’t not do something; I have to be involved, I have to give back” he said.

And he did. Batavia organizations that Bob served include Genesee Symphony Orchestra, Batavia Concert Band, GoArt!, Batavia Rotary Club, First Presbyterian Church, Richmond Memorial Library, Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble, and the County Office for the Aging, for which he co-hosted a weekly radio program on WBTA. While he often found himself in positions of leadership, he more often took on roles requiring behind the scenes work. Upon retirement, Bob became a volunteer driver for the Veteran’s Administration and had regular shifts driving disabled veterans to their medical appointments. This past December, he and Linda began volunteering with the County Health Department doing data entry for the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Clinic.

Bob was a Batavia Rotarian for 30 years and Youth Exchange Chair (and host for several international students) for 13 years. He was involved in musical theatre throughout his adult life and as a Rotarian, whether on stage, backstage, or in the orchestra pit. He often played the quirky character, never the leading man. He completed his one year term as Rotary President (the ‘Zoom President’) in July 2020. During his presidential year, he helped install bike racks and kiosks on the Ellicott Trail in Batavia.

Bob was proud to have given his two sons and many youth the gift of interest in travel and the growth of intellectual curiosity that comes from traveling. There were many trips to Europe to visit his sister Mary and friends in London who hosted him as a college exchange student in 1968. Bob greatly admired people who are intellectually curious. He felt that people who can ask a question “why” will often get answers that lead to valuable perspective and tremendous advantages in life.

Bob is survived by a large and loving family: his wife Linda Knipe; sons Andy Knipe (Marguerite Jimenez) of Washington, DC and Missoula, Montana and Tom Knipe (Mary Grover) of Ithaca, NY; Linda’s sons John (Elizabeth) Feig of Redwood City, California, Alex (Licia) Feig of Medina, NY, and Jack Feig of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; grandchildren Alice, Alder, Eleanor, Cecilia, and Samuel Knipe, and Lydia, Everett, and Axel Feig; former wife Judy Johnson of Bend, Oregon; brother-in-law Georges Haour of Geneva, Switzerland; niece Anne Haour and family of Norwich, England; nephew Patrick Haour and family of Paris, France; and many Knipe and Reynolds cousins and their families. He was preceded in death by his father Roger Knipe (d. 1962), mother Winifred Knipe (d. 2011), and sister Mary Haour-Knipe (d. 2013).

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a future date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Bob’s memory may be made to any of the following organizations: Genesee Symphony Orchestra, Batavia Concert Band, Rotary Club of Batavia, First Presbyterian Church of Batavia, Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble, Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GoArt!), and Crossroads House.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.


butterfly.jpgViola V. Ostrowski, 89 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. She was born on June 24, 1931 in Elba, to the late John and Helena Bonk. She is preceded in death by children Brenda Pellet, Timothy and Christopher Ostrowski, daughter-in-law Barbara Ostrowski, sisters Alice, Gracie and Anita.

Mrs. Ostrowski was a very loving, caring mother that took excellent care of her family.

She is survived by her beloved children, Gary J. (Barbara) Ostrowski of Albion, Michael J. Ostrowski of Lyndonville, Thomas Ostrowski of Batavia, Tina (Jeff) Blando of Florida, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours, a Celebration of her Life will held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association at www.mda.com. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.




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